SAN MATEO COUNTY — Zachary Greenberg, who made news in February 2019 after he allegedly assaulted a Turning Point USA representative on the UC Berkeley campus, may receive extended jail time after he was convicted in an unrelated incident.
A San Mateo County jury found the 30-year old El Cerrito resident guilty of assault with a deadly weapon Friday, more than two years after he was arrested for stabbing a man five times during a fight outside of a Princeton restaurant, according to court records.
In August 2020, as Greenberg and his girlfriend waited in line outside a Princeton restaurant, the victim asked the couple to move out of his way as he rode his bike on the sidewalk, according to court documents. After Greenberg declined, a fight broke out between the two men. Greenberg eventually stabbed the victim three times in the head and twice in the torso with a folding knife. San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Greenberg near the scene.
The victim survived after a week-long hospitalization.
During the trial, Greenberg was “defiant,” according to San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe. He said Greenberg claimed that he had stabbed the man in self-defense and that the two men were complete strangers.
Jurors took four days to deliberate before reaching their verdict.
A confrontation at a conservative organization’s table in UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza in February 2019 resulted in Greenberg’s arrest on suspicion of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. That charge was still pending this week.
Greenberg was being held without bail after the San Mateo County verdict. An additional court date is set for Oct. 26, where a jury will determine aggravating factors in the case. Greenberg will be sentenced after that October court date.
Peter Arian, a defense attorney for Greenberg, declined to comment Wednesday.